the Blackboard: “Independence Day” inspirational clip

Looking for a way to motivate yourself, your students or your volunteer leadership team?  The clip below is something I have used to inspire myself and others.  Take a look.



Here is how I have used this video in the past:

  • Topic(s): motivation/encouragement, overcoming odds, teamwork, unity
  • Scripture References: Romans 15:1,2; Proverbs 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9,10; Romans 12:4,5; 3 John 1:8; Hebrews 10:24-25

Whether it is a leaders meeting or a youth event I show the clip to really emphasize that as followers of Christ we can & should work together. The mission to love Christ and love others may be tough and challenging, but together, we can encourage each other and be successful.  This clip is a great set-up to really motivating and inspiring others.

But this is just one way this can be used.  Are there other ways?  Definitely!  So right now, TAKE A MINUTE and comment on other ways you could use the clip or other teaching points that can come from it.  The point of “the Blackboard” is that ideas get flushed out and we are able to discuss and use the material for our ministries.

So what do you think?  Post a comment.

Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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